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The Art of Spirited Away Hardcover – August 25, 2002
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About the Author
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy AwardA(R) for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series NausicaA of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media. "
Top Customer Reviews
For those who have fallen in love with "Spirited Away", as I have, this book offers insight to the multi-layered plots and characters of the film. Readers are graced with early archetural diagrams and sketches of the film's settings, along with galleries of the breath-taking final products. Also, we are offered conceptual drawlings of the cast of characters, from the early images of Yubaba and her gigantic baby to some of the minor characters and apparitions: the No Face, the bouncing heads, Haku and the silver dragon, etc.
The art and designs are a treat for both young and old, whether you have seen the film or not. As an added bonus, the collection also offers the American screenplay dialogues and detailed descriptions of the Spirit World.
This is a must have for fans of the movie, fans of anime or fans of mythology and Asian folklore. Miyazaki's true gift is creating limitless images that spark the imagination. His work in this book rivals the original fantasies and concepts within Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass". There is nothing disappointing about it.
A great book with tons of illustrations; quality paper, thick and smooth ; a lot of behind scene explanation involving film making and character creation.
I could not stop turning the pages. A must have if you are a Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli fan. This is the fast time I ever write a review about a product, within 10 minutes after opening up the package. I cannot wait to share with other fans. Please see my attached photos for your reference.
After the introduction is a large chapter on watercolor pencil sketches and concept art, this chapter is full of character, architecture, and design sketches. This chapter will blow you away, if you love concept art.
The next chapter is concept art but it is the actual art used in the movie; backgrounds, characters, and paintings of the scenes used. Also cel art is shown. It also has information on thoughts of the animators. Like one page discusses the "color design based on red", why red was used, what it symbolizes etc. This is a huge chapter, so it is broken down into pieces like the Bathhouse, The Frog Men, Haku etc. Each character or element is discussed.
The last chapter discusses computer generated art, its place in the making of the film, and how they created certain elements in the film. Remember every chapter is full of art and inspiration. The book is so well created, you can cut some of the art out and frame it!
Last but not least is the total script to Spirited Away! So you can follow along while you are watching the film.
Viz did a tremendous job on this book, and it will be a collectors item on your bookshelf!
Which, to me came as a great disappointment. If I wanted to see the final art of the movie I would watch the movie. Buy this book if you really love the quality of the animated scenes. Don't buy this if you feel you can gain great insight into how it was made.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's pretty, but the layout could have been better and it also has too many sreenshots from the movie. Even though, I don't regret having bought it.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is definitely for you! Fascinating artwork! I bought it for a friend, but I was very tempted to keep it myself!Published 2 months ago by Ton
This is a beautifully illustrated book, containing image stills from the movie, concept art, story boards, CGI work, and lots of interesting facts from the studio itself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julia
Got it as a gift for a good friend. She loved it. The pictures are gorgeous.Published 3 months ago by Miss Memz
Very high quality photos and visually pleasing. It also includes the entire script of the movie (which I didn't know was thing, but apparently it is) and has awesome set up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amber Chiapetto
So beautiful. This is perhaps the most lovely book I have ever owned!Published 4 months ago by Mary T
I really love this art book. Spirited Away is my favourite Miyazaki film and this book is full of sketches scenes and nice descriptions as well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer